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Fourth Annual Spring Conference 2015: ‘Getting Published’

May 22, 2015

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The fourth annual Spring Conference of the White Rose DTC took place on 6th May 2015 at Ron Cooke Hub, University of York. The theme of the conference was ‘Getting Published’.

The conference was attended by 200 PhD students from the universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York. Attendees from Leeds and Sheffield travelled on coaches to reach the venue and join their York-based colleagues for the day.

IMG_0034The day presented a packed programme of talks on the topic of ‘getting published in research’, as well as discipline specific interactive breakout sessions. The conference opened with a welcome from the WR DTC Director, Prof. Martin Jones.

The first two speakers, Dr Alasdair Rae from the University of Sheffield, and Dr Ibrar Bhatt, from the Lancaster University, inspired the audience with their talks and follow up Q&A sessions. Alasdair spoke about “Open Scholarship”, while Ibrar’s presentation focused on “Beyond A4: PhD Students’ Writing for Multiple Audiences”.

The morning talks also included, Professor Andrew Webster (York) and Professor Martin Jones (Sheffield) who spoke of their own experiences of writing for diverse audiences and journal editing.

After lunch, delegates attended Pathway meetings to discuss ‘Getting Published’ in their fields.

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GANDEEL ArwaA Poster Competition took place during the conference.

16 PhD researchers from the three universities submitted their posters for the exhibition and were entered into a competition and voted by the other attendees based on the quality and clarity of their posters.

The first prize and winner of the £50.00 book voucher was won by Arwa Gandeel (Education, University of Leeds) with a poster titled ‘Do their beliefs matter? A study of teachers’ beliefs and the teaching of speaking’.

Joint second placed were Giulia Poerio (Psychology, University of Sheffield), whose poster focused on ‘Social daydreams: frequency, phenomenology and perceived functions’, and Yuri van Hoef (Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds), with a poster on ‘Why friendship in politics matters’

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White Rose DTC Best Paper Competition 2015

The WRDTC launched their first ‘Paper of the Year’ competition prior to the annual Spring Conference in May 2015.  Entries were submitted from many disciplines within the Social Sciences and were of a very high standard.

A panel of select academics from the White Rose DTC Academic Quality Committee assessed the papers and we are pleased to announce the following:


Lena Kruckenberg
Sustainability Research Institute and Centre for International Business
University of Leeds

Paper: Renewable energy partnerships in development cooperation: towards a relational understanding of technical assistance


Yuri van Hoef
School of Politics and International Studies
University of Leeds

Paper: Friendship in world politics: assessing the personal relationships between Helmut Kohl and Francois Mitterand, and George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev


Simone Croft
Department of Psychology
University of Sheffield

Paper: Validity of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire in Preschool-Aged Children

Lena received a £50.00 book voucher and we will formally recognise her success at the White Rose DTC Autumn conference.